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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
cabbage & carrot slaw

Active: 30 min Total: 6 hr 30 min

Pulled pork typically uses pork shoulder (aka butt), but we're making this version a little lighter by using pork loin. After shredding the pulled pork up, add your seasonings and let it warm in its juices for another ~15 minutes for tastiest results.
Smarts: Can't find pork loin in the right weight? Just make more. Pulled pork freezes beautifully and can be used for future enchiladas, sandwiches, and salads.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches:
  • Pork loin - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Garlic powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Ketchup - 1/4 cup
  • Apple cider vinegar - 1 Tbsp
  • Burger buns - 4
  • Sour cream - 6 Tbsp
Red Cabbage and Carrot Slaw:
  • Apple cider vinegar - 2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 3 Tbsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Water - 1/4 cup
  • Red cabbage - 12 oz, sliced
  • Carrots, medium - 4, grated
  • Green onions - 3 stalks, thinly sliced
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Season pork - Slice pork up into smaller pieces to create more surface area for flavoring. Sprinkle on garlic powder, salt, and black pepper and tenderize with a fork (save a dish and do it right in your slow cooker’s removable pot). Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  2. Slow cook pork - Cook pork on low for 7 to 8 hours. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make dressing for slaw - In a saucepan, combine apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, red pepper flakes and water. Bring to a boil and continue boiling until reduced by half. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Cabbage (slice with a knife or food processor) / Carrots / Green onions - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  5. Dress slaw - Toss cabbage, carrots, and green onions with dressing and lightly salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

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Make

  1. After pork has cooked and is tender and done, use a fork and knife or tongs to shred meat up directly in slow cooker and the juices that have been released. Season with chili powder, ketchup, and apple cider vinegar. Keep warm for another 20 to 30 minutes, so that these new flavors have time to soak in.
  2. Toast buns.
  3. Reserve 1 cup / 170g of pulled pork for tomorrow night’s dinner (amount for 4 servings; adjust accordingly if customizing). Enjoy the rest in sandwiches with slaw and sour cream (you’ll have more slaw than is needed for sandwiches, so have some on the side too).

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (149)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (24)
Vegetarian (12)

68 reviews

So great! Wish I had enough meat for another sandwich each. A slaw my husband actually liked!

By: Shawn
Posted: Oct 31, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Pork was great but we will add more dressing to slaw next time around

By: Carol
Posted: Apr 29, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I used a pork shoulder instead of pork loin. I loved the slaw and everyone loved the pork-- definitely something I'll make again soon.

By: Mary Hunter
Posted: Mar 14, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Love pulled pork, and love anything in the slow cooker! The slaw was good as well.

By: Angela
Posted: Sep 04, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The pork was delicious but the slaw was meh- it lacked something but can't place what was missing.

By: Silvia
Posted: Aug 20, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I'm making this for the 4th time - it's been a huge hit! But this is the first time I actually read the step about reducing the sauce. I always thought this cole slaw recipe was weird but I've just been mixing the ingredients as is - no one has complained. But reducing the sauce seems like extra work when there are so many easy cole slaw recipes - I'll just grab another one from this site. Or maybe I will try it next time and see if it's worth it!

By: Megan
Posted: Jul 08, 2015
Diet: Original
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